Warwick, R.I. – October 26, 2015: The CCRI Knights men’s soccer team traveled to Roxbury, MA on Saturday to face off against the Tigers of Roxbury Community College in the Knights final game of the season. The Knights ended the season strong with a 5-3 win to put their season record at 4-12. The win also gave the Knights their second Region XXI victory of the year.
The Knights came out of the gate strong and scored within the first few minutes. Sophomore Trevor Lopes (Cumberland, RI) fired a shot at the goalie that he could not control and allowed to ball to roll around in front of the net where defender Jack Siligato (Narragansett, RI) was able clean up the mess and knock the ball into the net to put the Knights up 1-0.
The Knights lost their rhythm through the first half though and wound up tied 1-1 at the break. Ben Boahin (Portsmouth, RI) was able to break the tie in the second half when he fired a penalty kick from 18 yards out that found the netting, putting the Knights up 2-1. Roxbury wouldn’t go away easily though as they were able to tie the game back up at 2-2.
The flood gates about with about ten minutes left in the game when both teams went all out on offense. The Knights took the lead 3-2 with about ten to go when Sindio Freitas (Cape Verde) was able to dribble inside the box and pinpoint a shot past the Roxbury goalkeeper. About a minute later, Roxbury was once again able to score to tie the game up at 3-3.
The Knights took back the lead with five minutes to play when Piotr Szewczyk (Warsaw, Poland) ran up the right side of the field and was able to strike a beautiful cross into the box where Josh Sandin (Warwick, RI) finished the volley to give the Knights a 4-3 advantage. Head Coach Gabe Toro commented: “It may have been the best team goal the Knights scored all year.” The defense held strong in the final minutes and the Knights were also able to score another goal to put the game away. Trevor Lopes found himself deep on the offensive end once again but this time was able to score on a dribble and quick shot past the goalie. The Knights won by the final score of 5-3.
Christian Ellerbe (North Kingstown, RI) was able to hold strong for the Knights in net during the offensive driven game. He was knocked around in a physical match but stayed in the game and prevented any more game tying goals on Roxbury’s final chances.
Coach Toro said this after the game, “We scored quickly but after that our offense fell flat for the rest for the half. Our guys turned it on late though and were able to score goals and play more quality soccer than Roxbury.”
The Community College of Rhode Island, New England’s largest comprehensive community college, enrolls nearly 18,000 students in credit courses and thousands more in non-credit and job training classes. Its athletic program boasts 12 varsity programs and an academic support program for all student-athletes.